Coin Specifications

Category: Barber Dimes (1892-1916)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 1,342,844
Obverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Reverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 2.5000g
ASW: 0.0723oz
Melt Value: $1.27 (10/18/2019)
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Reeded
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1897 S 10C MS obverse 1897 S 10C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The San Francisco Mint more than doubled its 1896 production of dimes this year. With only a few persons collecting this series by date and mint at the time, nearly all of these dimes became heavily worn. The survivors thus consist mostly of a few lower-end Mint State pieces and coins grading G-4 or less.

Gems are very rare. Typical of S-Mint coins from the 1890s, a few prooflike examples have survived and are highly prized.

A couple of misplaced date varieties are known. On a common issue these might be attractive to collectors, but the already high prices for any 1897-S dime greatly limit their appeal.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/30/2019

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1897 S 10C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 28.00 85.00 120 170 220 290 325 390 455 520 585 780 1250 1750 3600 6750 18200 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 1950 - 9500 - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 127
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 67

The chart showing PrAg series, G series, VG series, F series, VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/8/2019 1897 S 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base197916493188-651119621---125
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Total197916493188-651119621---125
 1 %7 %6 %7 %13 %3 %7 %2 %1 %6 %6 %-5 %4 %9 %15 %5 %2 %1 %--- 
1897 S 10C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------11-------2
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Total-------------11-------2
 -------------50 %50 %------- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
6/14/2006 PCGS G 4   Teletrade Auction 2219, 2219/Lot# 1174 $14.00
9/23/2007 NGC MS 64   Goldberg September 23-26, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 42/Lot# 2603 $1,840.00
12/16/2010 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 541, 548/Lot# 7276 $1,403.00
10/17/2012 PCGS AU 55   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 24440 $340.75
10/18/2012 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2012 October 18-21 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(5), 1175/Lot# 8282 $190.35
9/22/2013 NGC Details XF Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131340/Lot# 22111 $103.40
4/20/2014 NGC MS 63   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/20/2014, 186/Lot# 187780 $759.00
8/8/2018 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131833/Lot# 23193 $204.00
3/27/2019 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131914/Lot# 21341 $288.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1897 10C MS S Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base11512734845659170977492110341139123513261566202924173431454668237273107511160312505
1192013845016307318239591069117112651406172021582755380353056973843211035119040
000000823959106911711265140617202158275538035305697384321103500
000000872996110412031296148618752288309341746064712395921131900
1897 10C MS S
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base41115320423551663725802865974107311661252148319282302328143616574104011075111109
66183354466588684751823901100711041195132916312053262836415099785010518108700
00000075182390110071104119513291631205326283641509978501051800
00000077684493810401135122314061780217729554001583691251063400
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Grade: MS 61
Points: 1252
Owner: Distman
 
Grade: VG 10
Points: 320
Owner: The Wilson Collection
 
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